Do gym members have a preference for personal trainers hired as employees or independent contractors?
It seems to be that personal trainers and hiring is a big fitness topic. I have seen fitness forums, including IdeaFit, ask these types of questions...
Whether or not it is better to hire or be hired as an Independent Contractor or as an Employee?;
What type of liabilities are involved in both types of hires?;
However, I have not come across the question posed as to gym members' preferences, if they have any at all (probably because most may not know the employment status of their PT and therefore difficult to get stats on this).
What are your thoughts?
Have you, as a gym member, had a preference?
As a gym member, could you tell the difference between a PT that was an employee or one that was an independent contractor?
As a personal trainer, have members or your clients made comments about this preference?
I do however think that this is a hot topic because of the gray areas that have to do with determining a "true" employee vs. an "independent contractor".
It is nice of you to want to see things from another perspective.
I believe that it should not matter. The important thing is that the personal trainer has the gym member's best interest at heart.
Good question. I have worked in gyms in the past, both as an independent contractor and as an employee and from my experience; members didn't care about my status. Maybe because the gyms I worked for, didn't advertise which one of the trainers were independent and who were not. I'm sure others might have different experiences in this matter, so it will be interesting to read their responses.
I have now my own studio, and, before that, I was an independent trainer at a club where I took my own clients. I never had anything to do with the gym operation and did not train the members. Since I wore a 'uniform' that identified me as being independent of the gym, the members were aware of my different status.
I know that my clients liked the fact that they are dealing with me directly without the middle man.
Clients hardly know (may be even care) but i suppose if the payment terms of employed v. contract PTs differ and result in a compromised service quality, the difference could become evident to clients.
But that's just from my experience.
To my mind, it really does not matter (nor really should it, so long as the members are choosing from qualified trainers) whether the trainer is employed by the gym or an independent contractor. Now, keep in mind, my answer is 'assuming' that all of things are EQUAL (e.g. the fee for training, qualification of the trainers etc.).